FS500 video launch at the FAI International Drone Conference

The FS500 made its long awaited video debut at the 2018 FAI International Drone Conference as part of Grantley Reed’s presentation highlighting our ‘Fan First’ strategy.

The second FAI International Drones Conference and Expo kicked off in Lausanne on Friday – with a session on the new world of Drones and Sport.

Speakers from across the world of drones converged on the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland to hear about the latest cutting-edge developments in the drone ecosystem.

“The magic of drone sports is firing imaginations around the world,” said FAI President Frits Brink as he welcomed delegates to the first day of the three-day conference.

“As more drones take to the sky, they bring new people into air sports. Drones push the boundaries of technology, as innovators create new technology and devices. The FAI is committed to developing the eco system around drones.”

Drone racing as a sport is developing at a fantastic pace, explained the FAI’s Antonis Papadopoulos. “It’s growing fast, appealing for youngsters and media friendly,” he explained.

Drone racing “may look kind of virtual” he said, “but in drone racing we are flying a real machine,in accordance with some rules. We believe we are the organisation that can connect the two worlds – eSports and air sports.”

Bruno Delor, who will be meet director at the 1st FAI World Drone Racing Championships in China in November, echoed his colleague. “Drone racing as a new class was introduced in the FAI on 1 January 2016. Since then we have seen phenomenal growth. In 2016 we had nine contests in seven countries, this year we have 23 in 18.”

The conference heard from pilots, engineers and blue-sky thinkers, who are all working to develop the drone sports in some way.

Grantley Reed (above), from Freespace Drone Racing in Australia explained how his company was launching a new drone racing circuit in Australia using much bigger drones – up to 25kg with speeds of 220km/h.

“The most influential demographic in sports right now is Millenials, and that will be followed by Generation Z. Ages 11-37. It’s about creating emotions, we want to create the feeling that no one else does it like this.”

Read the full article: FAI / https://fai.org/news/fai-international-drones-conference-and-expo-2018-magic-drone-sports

Watch the FS500 introduction video below:

Grantley’s full presentation can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/airsports.fai/videos/1885682628408015/

Stay tuned for more information about the FS500 and our plans with the FAI for 2019 and beyond.

Introducing the FS500 Exhibition Event at the FAI Drone Racing World Cup

While all eyes will be on Les Comes in July for the Barcelona F3U World Cup, a much anticipated part of the programme is the Freespace FS500 Exhibition Event.

The FS500 V2.0 design has been significantly improved from the V1.0 to achieve similar performance to the current racing spec 250 quads, while providing the spectators with a larger drone to follow.

Although comparable in performance, the FS500 is a little less agile than a 250 racer. However this is actually a positive characteristic in that its flight is more flowing and natural looking in the air, making the FS500 much easier to follow with the naked eye. One of the specific aims of the FS500 is to create a much more visually appealing experience for the live fans. This will also flow through to the broadcast audience with the aim of widening drone racings mainstream appeal and attracting further sponsorship into the sport.

The FS500 is a highly refined aircraft weighing 2kg with up to 5kW of motor power at it’s disposal. The power train consists of a 6s 3000mAh graphene battery driving custom 900 kV motors through a 50A ESC. Fitted with 10″ x 5.5″ props the FS500 has a maximum aircraft thrust just over 12kg.

It sports a robust and aerodynamic polycarbonate fairing, with plenty of room for sponsor logos, on a carbon fibre chassis rounded out with a Dual camera system running a broadcast HD alongside a pilot feed.

The FAI Les Comes FS500 Exhibition Event will consist of 4 teams, each running the same spec FS500 in is a series of practice sessions throughout the weekend, culminating in a final event on the Sunday which is 20 minutes in length.

The Teams and Pilots will be announced shortly.

Stay tuned for more information.